Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Posted on Jul 26, 2016
Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

  “That estuary used to be full of kelp and eels when we were kids,” said Stella. “It was full of all kinds of wildlife. Crabs, clams, horseshoe crabs – there was a mussel bed right over there – one time I was swimming in that pond and came face to face with an eel.” […]

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

Posted on May 26, 2016
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

I’m dealing with massive cognitive dissonance right now. Multiple, contradictory beliefs and perceptions inhabit my mind, each compelling on its own terms. How do I choose? I’ll share two of the most contradictory. Last weekend I spoke at a wonderful music festival near Asheville called Kinnection Campout. I’ve not yet been to a festival with […]

Psychedelics and Systems Change

Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Psychedelics and Systems Change

Originally published (in a modified form) on the MAPS Bulletin (Spring 2016) Many arguments for the legalization of cannabis and psychedelics draw on their relative harmlessness. Countering the rationale of prohibition, we can point out that compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, psychedelics are extremely safe. Given statistics comparing the annual number of […]

On Immigration

Posted on Aug 27, 2015
On Immigration

This post has been translated into Chinese.   I recently received the following question from my contact form. I’ve decided to answer it in public, because similar concerns are woven into the immigration narrative far beyond the UK. “I work for a women’s refuge, recently a Turkish women can to stay with us. Her attitude     […]

Qualitative Dimensions of Collective Intelligence: Subjectivity, Consciousness, and Soul

Posted on May 11, 2015
Qualitative Dimensions of Collective Intelligence: Subjectivity, Consciousness, and Soul

This article appeared in Spanda Journal (v. 2/2014) Abstract:  This essay plays with two definitions of collective intelligence, drawing on two meanings of the word “intelligent” that bring to bear relevant arguments from the philosophy of mind, particularly in reference to artificial intelligence (AI) and its distinction between “strong AI” and “weak AI.” One definition […]

The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Posted on May 11, 2015
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

This article originally appeared in Resurgence Magazine: Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when she was an undergraduate at […]

De Kringloop van Terreur

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
De Kringloop van Terreur

In de nasleep van terreuraanslagen verkondigen politici graag dat “We ons niet laten intimideren”. Daarmee lijken ze te bedoelen dat we ons niet angstig terugtrekken, maar de terroristen uit zullen roeien, ze berechten en ter verantwoording roepen. “Laat daarover geen misverstand bestaan”, zeggen ze dan. Er wordt hard en doortastend optreden beloofd, waarmee verhoogde beveiliging […]

2013: Hope or Despair?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013
2013: Hope or Despair?

This essay has been translated into Croatian.   “Things are getting better and better and worse and worse faster and faster simultaneously.” – Tom Atlee Was the year 2013 a cause for hope or a cause for despair? Were the positive developments signs that the world is turning the corner? Or were they delusionary exceptions […]

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

Posted on Dec 15, 2013
Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

This essay has been translated into Chinese. Looking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast majority of human beings, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some nefarious force has hijacked civilization, driving it towards ends […]

The Healing of Congo

Posted on Jul 5, 2012
The Healing of Congo

Congo is like a microcosm of the entire planet, taken to its extreme. One of the most beautiful places on Earth, it is also among the most troubled.   Today I received the following letter from my dear friend, Cynthia Jurs. For the last two decades she has traveled all over the world on a mission […]

Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Posted on Jan 12, 2012
Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Transcribed Talk from January 13, 2012 at “The Hive” in Vancouver, BC.   Thank you for such a warm welcome. I’m quite amazed actually. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to this large a crowd that was just here for me. I’ve spoken to more people at conferences, but that wasn’t just for me. Part […]

Why the Age of the Guru is Over

Posted on Jul 7, 2011
Why the Age of the Guru is Over

For a few decades now, it seems, humanity has been on the verge of a breakthrough in collective consciousness. Perhaps it was the Hippies in the 60s who saw it first. To them, it was crystal clear that the consciousness revolution would sweep all before it, that within a few years’ time such institutions as […]

The Three Seeds

Posted on May 7, 2010
The Three Seeds

Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some – seeing its ravages upon the planet – might think. Nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species. It was a journey with a […]

Truth and Magic in the Third Dimension

Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Truth and Magic in the Third Dimension

In a past life, you were a Midwestern farmer and I was an Indian woman. I had the ability to make seeds sprout and grow in my hand. I taught you ways of growing grain in harsh weather, which you shared with the other settlers in the area.” A psychic intuitive told me this at […]

Money and the Turning of the Age

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
Money and the Turning of the Age

This article is fourth in a series, and draws on background covered in “Money: A New Beginning,” Part 1 and 2, and “Money and the Crisis of Civilization.” A German Translation of the essay is also available.   As the economic meltdown proceeds to its next phase, we begin to see the unreality of much […]

A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

Posted on May 10, 2009
A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

 God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. — Genesis 1:1 It was an old story that was no longer true. Truth can go out of stories you know. What was true  becomes meaningless, even a lie, because the truth has gone into another story. The water of the spring rises in another […]

In the Miracle

Posted on Apr 10, 2009
In the Miracle

This essay has been translated into Spanish.   What is a miracle? It is not the intercession of a supernatural being into material affairs, not an event that violates the laws of the universe. A miracle is something that is impossible from one’s current understanding of reality and truth, but that becomes possible from a […]

Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health (Part 2)

Posted on Nov 10, 2008
Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health (Part 2)

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. What is a human being? A human being is a nexus of relationships: the sum total of the connections among his or her cells, organs, and inner ecosystem; connections to other human beings that define the psyche; connections to the rest of […]

The Age of Water

Posted on Sep 10, 2008
The Age of Water

For tens of thousands of years, fire has defined our civilization. It is fire that has allowed us to smelt metals, to purify chemicals, to power cars, trains and airplanes, to pave over the earth and travel to the moon. Without fire there would be no silicon chips, no pharmaceutical drugs, no plastic toys, no […]

Pain: A Call for Attention

Posted on Mar 10, 2008
Pain: A Call for Attention

This is Part 3 of the series “Miracle of Self-Creation.” Click here for Parts 1 and 2.   “A Bodhisattva is averse to causes; an ordinary person to results.” — Chinese Buddhist saying When I speak of the power of attention to create self and world, people immediately assume I will offer a repackaged version […]

The Miracle of Self-Creation

Posted on Jan 10, 2008
The Miracle of Self-Creation

This essay is Part 1 of 3. The other two can be found here and here. What should I do? What must I do? What can I do? We allsense the possibility of a more beautiful state of being, a more joyful stateof being for ourselves and the world. Indeed, we have all heard about […]

The Testicular Age

Posted on Jul 7, 2007
The Testicular Age

Thinking in a Taoist yin-­yang framework, typically we would classify male as Yang and female as Yin. But in her 1993 book Uniting Sex, Self, and Spirit, Genia Haddon claims that this association is a product of our cultural gender biases, and not intrinsic masculine or feminine physiology or psychology. She describes a masculine Yin […]

The Stars are Shining for Her

Posted on Dec 10, 2006
The Stars are Shining for Her

If I say, “The reason the hawk circled over me nine times and headed East was to tell me to begin my return journey,” does that sound scientific to you? Or am I projecting meaning onto a world that is essentially random? Do the events of our lives have any meaning, or do they just […]

From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

Posted on Dec 8, 2005
From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

It all started when I was living in Taiwan, 21 years old, having just graduated from Yale with a degree in mathematics and philosophy. Of course I did what most people do with such a degree—I got a job in a bar. One day on my way to work I attempted to kick-start my motorcycle. […]

Soul Families

Posted on Dec 7, 2005
Soul Families

A main theme of The Ascent of Humanity is an Age of Reunion that is to follow the Age of Separation whose end we are witnessing today. In this transition, the converging crises of the planet are the birth pangs. Like a newborn coming to the breast, our species will experience a Reunion with each […]